McChouffe | Brasserie d'Achouffe

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Brasserie d'Achouffe

Style: Belgian Strong Dark Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Among the mythical characters living in Fairyland, some are more unusual than others. Malcolm, for example, is different because of his accent and his kilt: when it comes to beer, his favourite is Mc CHOUFFE. The delicious flavours of aniseed, liquorice and toffee tickle his taste buds. If you listen to him, he will boast of its ruby sparkle, its smooth bitterness and its strong character, worthy of his native Scotland. Although robust, Mc CHOUFFE goes down as easily as LA CHOUFFE.

ABV varies from time to time.

Added by Mitchster on 09-22-2001

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Photo of mothmanscott
4.16/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an opaque brown with amber highlights producing over 2 fingers of beige, foamy, lasting head that leaves sheets & webs of lace. Aroma is malt forward expressing bready dark malt, brown sugar, dark fruits, cherry, banana, clove, dried apples and just a touch of alcohol. There is also a phenolic note. Taste is also malt forward consisting of dark malts, caramel/toffee, raisins, dried apples, cloves, spice, alcohol & honey. Some burnt & smokey hints. Sweet through mid-sip becoming spicy with pepper which builds through finish rapidly developing a bitterness which becomes dominant in the malty, dark fruit over-ripe apple aftertaste. Malt & booziness increase as the brew warms. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with high carbonation, slightly chewy, very peppery but smooth & silky on the tongue.

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Photo of nightgardener
3.5/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.17/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This one pours a slightly opaque dark brown, with a small white head, and no lacing.

Smells like port-soaked raisin bread, super fruity but very richly malty on the nose.

This is quite nice. It invokes the feeling of malty port wine. It's bready, with honey, chocolate, molasses, with a slight bitterness, a nice but not overwhelming fruity sweetness. It's not boozy at all, which is a plus.

This is medium, not quite syrupy, but pretty close, with a lower level of carbonation.

This is a pretty nice and rarely talked about beer.

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Photo of crissxhou_96
4.28/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of XeroD
4.21/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Griphon
3.93/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Bombelsky
4.06/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

330 ml bottle poured into a snifter. Hazy, reddish brown with some particles. Frothy off-white, bit fizzy, dimnishing to a small crown foam. Good lacing. Malty, bready notes of a medium strength. I found there low hops aroma, bit of vanilla. Flavor is very straight forward. It is medium sweet and bit of bitterness. Medium body in palate, quite oily. Dry, medium lasting finish with some phenolic spiciness. Some alcohol.

Decent beer, but some look improvements should be done.

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Photo of shadyside
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of brpendergast85
3.5/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of LennyBound
4.25/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Ginger-tipple
4.24/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This is an excellently aged and refermented dark beer from Chouffe. The bitterness coming through gently. Perhaps it could have been a bit more hoppy.

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Photo of mattsucks
3.88/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of 54V4G3
4.06/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Pundit_of_Potability
4.23/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A great brown color, with ample head and lacing, the smell is sweet, malty and yeasty. The taste is quite the same as the smell. The malts are wonderful, with apple notes and yeast and spices, and it ends with a little bit of a sour and bitter note. But it is subtle. The carbonation is a little less than you might get with other ales in this style, and the mouthfeel is also a little thin when comparing to other Strong Ales. This brewery is fairly new, but they seem to have a good feel for what they want to do, and the quality they want to bring to the table. This is a very potable ale...Very easy to consume quickly if you aren't careful. And at 8% ABV, it can creep up on you if you consume too much too fast. In the end, this isn't anything super special or wowish--but its a solid and respectable beer.

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Photo of LocusSolus
4.24/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of JohnTurano
4.1/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Tomislav
3.86/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of travelguy
4.15/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Nunya
4.15/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of HermitDan
4.6/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of MI_beerdrinker
3.94/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of marcrech
3.95/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of yaron73
4.49/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of woodychandler
4.13/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I first met owner & brewer Chris Brouwarts at the 2002 Mondial de la Biere in Montreal. I was a recent Pitt graduate awaiting a mid-summer return to begin a Master's program & with time on my hands, I stayed behind when the tour bus headed home. Also, the Pittsburgh Pirates were in town to play the soon-departing Expos, so I seized the chance to go to yet another stadium. Chris is a great guy & we parlayed in my broken French & he bestowed some patches for my jackets & vests. We have maintained a casual friendship & always warmly greet one another at various events, the latest being in DC for SAVOR a few years ago. I am proud to Pop! the cap on this one.

From the bottle: "Artisanal Belgian Brown Ale"; "McChouffe is brewed by the Artisans of Brasserie d'Achouffe deep in the heart of Belgium's Ardennes mountains. Inspired by the tale of a Scottish Chouffe who[,] along with his Belgian friend[,] created an eccentric 'new style' Scottish Ale. This Belgian micro brewery crafts McChouffe with local Ardennes' water, top fermenting yeast, fine hops and malts. Double fermentation produces natural carbonation and a small yeast deposit (lees) on the bottom of the bottle. Enjoy the dark earthy color and spicy flavors of McChouffe. Serve cool between 50-55 F and pour carefully to enjoy the full flavor and aroma of this truly innovative Belgian Ale. Brewed within the luxuriant green Belgian Ardennes using 100% natural ingredients."

I did, indeed, Pop! the cap & began a gentle pour so as not to rouse any lees that the gnome may have collected during his slumber. I still got an oddly shaped finger of dense, foamy, deep-tan/light-brown head with good retention. It was actually lopsided, denser in some spots and non-existent in others! Bizarre. Color was Dark Brown to Very Dark Brown (SRM = > 27, < 34) with NE-quality clarity & garnet highlights. Nose had a vinous sharpness along with a fusel alcohol booziness. Whee! Mouthfeel was medium with an extreme effervescence. The taste was very much of dried, dark fruits - think raisins, prunes, figs, dates and a little bit of milk chocolate to round things out. Mmmm. The alcohol was there, but not as prevalent as it had been on the nose. Man, this was a tasty beer! I do not want to oversell its sweetness, either. It was held in check, possibly by the alcohol, and made for a vinousness akin to what I noted on the nose. This would be great with spare ribs, like the one that I had last night. The finish was closer to semi-dry than semi-sweet, again thanks to that fruity vinousness that I kept noting throughout. The beer's inherent effervescence acted like a palate cleanser with ever sip & really allowed me to taste it fully. And now, for the pour of the lees (waste not, want not): The clarity was gone, leaving a sip of mud in its place. The vinousness of the nose was now replaced with a caramel-like sweetness. The mouthfeel was flat and grainy on the tongue. The taste had a distilled brandy-like alcohol flavor! Oh my. Finish was sharp and dry. NEVER dump those lees!

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Photo of KitoUY
3.69/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

McChouffe from Brasserie d'Achouffe
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